Drumroll please….my life without braces

You have no idea how incredible I feel writing this blog post. I never thought this day would come, but alas, it has! I am thrilled to introduce to you… my new smile.

 

Ta da!

Photo on 9-24-14 at 1.50 PM Photo on 9-24-14 at 3.42 PM

 

After just about 17 months of braces and double jaw surgery, I am more than thrilled with my beautiful new smile. People have said to me, “but you looked beautiful before!”. Unfortunately, they’ve missed the point. I didn’t do this to “become beautiful”. I did this to fix my jaw. To fix the TMJ issues I was already having: jaw pain, chronic headaches…the list goes on. Seeing my straight teeth and correct bite are the perks, but not the reason!

 

 

My jaw surgery journey, in pictures

My jaw surgery journey, in pictures

 

The journey has been blessed with support and love from my friends and family. My fiancé hasn’t left my side since I left the operating room in February. He became my warrior, my rock and my light, fighting to make me comfortable as I healed. I’m so grateful for him and my family who supported me and saw the reason for the journey.

I was also blessed with the God-given knowledge to drink Shakeology for nutrition during my post-operative recovery. Goodness, it was worth every penny. I didn’t realize how good I had it until after I was done with surgery, having zero bruising (which is pretty much a given in jaw surgery) and incredibly minimal swelling.

I’ve also realized, even more, how critical the management of our own health really is. If we don’t take initiative for our own future, we will become vulnerable to losing grip on our health. We need to do things for our future that scare us. We need to nourish ourselves and give our bodies the best chance possible to live long, healthy, loving lives with our family.

Love-Your-Body

 

Would I do it again? Yes. Absolutely yes. THANK YOU to all who followed my journey and supported me throughout the entire process! I couldn’t have done it without you.

 

 

Watch my reactions and reflections in video form here: